Katelyn Campbell, a high school senior in Charleston, W.V, has asked for an injunction against her school principal after he threatened to call the college where she’s been accepted (Wellesley, by the way), and tell them she has “bad character.” Why does she have bad character? Because she spoke out against a religious, abstinence-only sex education assembly at her public high school. More
Brad Seng, an anti-abortion activist who teaches abstinence-only education in Colorado public schools, has an interesting way of engaging his students: backwash. He asks them to chew a mouthful of food, spit it into a cup of water, and offer it to other students. When students predictably refuse to sip each others’ backwash, he explains that having sex with someone who’s had premarital sex. But he says that he’s in not being judgemental…or pushing a sexist agenda. More
As anyone who has a teenager knows, telling them not to do something is more like giving them an invitation to do it. This is particularly true for sex education. Preaching to “just say no” does not work. And now there’s research to prove it. More
My high school had a proud history of offering an in-house, comprehensive, peer-led sexual education. In the program, juniors and seniors would be trained for about a month before leading a series of classes that taught underclassmen how STIs are transmitted, how to properly put on a condom, how to decide when is the right time for sex, and how to talk to their parents about their sexual health. Which was the program I thought I was getting involved in at age 15 when I attended a day-long informational session on a Saturday, which had been billed as “peer-led sex ed.” What I was actually there for, it turned out, was to learn how to teach 6th graders about abstinence, and nothing else. More
It’s Sex Re-Education week at Blisstree, but if you need a break from the gravity of STIs, IUDs and other pregnancy-reducing, libido-inducing posts, here’s a little humor to make the week go by. Alone, abstinence isn’t all that fun, but with some advertising creativity, it can be hilarious. More
Isabella Blyth just turned 106. Her secret? Never being romantically involved with anyone. (Why didn’t we think of that?) Ms. Blyth has never kissed – much less had sex with – anyone, and it doesn’t bother her one bit. She claims she’s had a full life, and was too busy with church, family, and friends to even think about romance.
Do you think entirely avoiding all romantic interaction could possibly make you live longer? More
An interactive, life-sized video game has been developed by the Univerisity of Florida to help pre-teen girls practice warding off sexual advances made by peers. The game had a budget of $434,000, which could have funded several sex-ed (or abstinence) … More